A famous phrase, since the early 2000s, has been “You can have it, when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” But way before that phrase became popular by activists, the well known idiom, “over my dead body” has been used for centuries. Both of these, of course, refer to one’s willingness to die for their cause. Unfortunately, “over my dead body” applies perfectly to our passage today. In the earliest book of the Bible, Adam and Eve choose to sin against God and therefore choose pride and power at the expense of their spiritual lives.
Paul, in Romans 5:12-21, describes how original sin entered the world and was transferred to each generation since then. Thankfully, we also celebrate God’s provision of grace and the gift of righteousness in the text as well. However, we must first gain an understanding of sin’s overarching effect.